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May 22, 2007

Monthly "Baby Club" at The Washington Home in Tenleytown

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Here's a great opportunity for NW DC mamas (or dads) who are home with a young child on Fridays - And an inspiration for those of you who are in a position to start a similar program in your own neighborhood:

One of my fabulous readers, Jennifer Gajdosik, has organized a monthly outing in Tenleytown that gives elderly folks some welcome visitors, while also providing a fun outing for parents and little ones.

Jennifer writes:

"One thing I've been trying to figure out as a parent is how to incorporate the volunteering I used to do before my daughter arrived. Volunteering at a variety of service organizations was a regular part of my pre-baby life, but I've been challenged to figure out how to continue volunteering without paying a babysitter or cutting too much into family time.

One opportunity that seems like a win/win is the "Baby Club" at The Washington Home, a long-term care facility in Tenleytown. On the second Friday of each month, a few moms and our children visit with the elderly residents.

The residents, who are generally set up in a circle in a common room, love to simply see the children playing in the middle. They remark, 'Look at that one eating a cracker!' or 'Wow, she can really throw a ball!' We usually sing songs that the residents and the children both like. It's very informal.

The visit with the residents is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Then we do a brown-bag lunch with just the parents and kids afterwards so we can have a chance to visit with each other.

The Washington Home is located at 3720 Upton St, NW. There's parking in the lot and the street is two-hour zoned."

The next gathering of the "Baby Club" is Friday, June 8. To RSVP or get more info, please contact Jennifer directly: jgajdosik (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Posted by Sarah at 11:54 AM.